With Halloween right around the corner it’s all about spooky themed foods, and today I have one such recipe for you. If you have kids (or are a big kid at heart, like me) these spooky carved apples will be fun for them. The apples are stuffed with cinnamon, craisin oatmeal, but you may of course spice the oatmeal with the flavours you like. I’ve also previously shared a recipe where I stuffed apples with almond butter, so you could try that too.
Since apples are much smaller than pumpkins you’ll have to handle the carving, as it can be a tad dangerous for small children. The carving part is where you’re going to have to get creative — and I’m sure you’ll do a much better job with it than I did. My jack-o-lantern is not great but it was much easier to carve than the other apple on the right side. What I was trying to emulate was the jack-o-lanterns people carve out and have either the pumpkin’s “guts” or some sort of dip spewing out of the mouth — you know to make it look like the pumpkin is vomiting. Kinda gross, I know, but funny. So my attempt turned out to look more like a Mexican luchador. You know those masked wrestlers with the dramatic masks and matches. Lol! But side-by-side the two carved apples look like they are representing the American Halloween holiday with a touch of Mexican culture.
So maybe my luchador apple didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted, but it was still loads of fun carving, stuffing it, and eating it too. Below is the oatmeal recipe and basic instructions. Have fun!
- two medium-sized apples, variety of choice
- juice of half of a lime or lemon
- !For the Oatmeal Stuffing:
- 1 tbs of salted butter
- ½ cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of whole fat milk (substitute with your favourite non-dairy milk, if desired)
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon (adjust to taste)
- a few craisins, roughly chopped
- honey or sweetener of choice, to taste
- !Equipment Needed:
- small pairing knife
- pastry brush
- mellon baller or small spoon
- Throughly clean and rinse the apples. Use a small carving knife to carve your desired patter -- be careful not to cut yourself. You can either carve and cut out the patter if you like, this will make the stuffing visible. Or you can also just carve the skin off to create your patter. Use the pastry brush to dip it into the lemon juice then brush the cut out pattern so that they don't turn brown. Next slice off the top of the apples and save them, then use the melon baller to hollow out the centre of the apples. You'll want to throw out the seeds but save the apple pulp for the oatmeal. Once your done hallowing out and carving the apples set them aside.
- Warm up a saucepan and once it is hot add the butter and allow it to melt. Next add the reserved apple pulp and sauté it for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon and sauté for a minute, then add the sweetener, craisins and milk and give the ingredients a good stir. Allow the milk to completely heat through, then add the oats and stir again. Cook until all of the milk has been absorbed by the oats. Taste and adjust either the sweetener or cinnamon if desired.
- Carefully scoop the cooked oatmeal into the hollowed out apples and serve immediately.